1st Edition

Kosovo and Transitional Justice
The Pursuit of Justice After Large Scale Conflict

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ISBN 9780367529017
July 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book analyses efforts to achieve justice in Kosovo for victims of crimes committed during the conflict in the 1990s, relating this to broader debates on transitional justice.

The war in Kosovo has come under the jurisdiction of a number of mechanisms which fit within the broader framework of transitional justice. These include international tribunals (the ICTY), international organisations with judicial mandates within Kosovo (UNMIK and EULEX), ad-hoc hybrid tribunals (the Kosovo Specialist Chambers) and truth-seeking mechanisms (RECOM and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission). Collectively, these developments make Kosovo a profoundly important case study on the contemporary efficacy of transitional justice. This volume analyses the nature and impact of the various mechanisms employed to date in Kosovo to determine their effects within the country, and their broader international significance. Various critical issues are examined through an exploration of the institutional mechanisms employed in each case, their coherence with existing theories on "best practice" principles, and the broader implications of their efficacy in Kosovo.

This book will be of much interest to students of transitional justice, statebuilding, Balkan politics and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction ‘Power and the Pursuit of Justice in Kosovo’

Aidan Hehir

Chapter 1 – ‘Kosovo on Trial at the ICTY: Narratives of War, History, Justice and Injustice’

Nevenka Tromp

Chapter 2 – ‘Frustrated Justice: Revisiting the ICTY’s Involvement in Adjudicating Crimes Committed during the Kosovo War’

Mathias Holvoet

Chapter 3 – ‘The Effectiveness of UNMIK and EULEX in the Pursuit of Criminal Justice in Kosovo’

Amer Alija

Chapter 4 – ‘Reparations after Large-scale Conflicts: Can Kosovo Learn from International Courts and Practices?’

Furtuna Sheremeti

Chapter 5 – ‘Authors of their Own Transitional Justice: Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence’

Anna Di Lellio

Chapter 6 – ‘Sexual Violence as a Tool of War in Kosovo: Where do we Stand Over 20 Years Later?’

Jeta Krasniqi

Chapter 7 – ‘The "Re-appearing of the Feminine": Kosovo’s Theatres of War Memories after Yugoslavia’

Anna Di Lellio and Arzana Kraja

Chapter 8 – ‘A Critical Analysis of the Evolution of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and the Rationale for their Existence’

Dean Pineles

Chapter 9 – ‘The Strategy Behind the Serbian Government’s Support for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers’

Sonja Biserko

Chapter 10 – ‘The Strategic Logic of Ethnic Cleansing in post-Intervention Kosovo and its Implications for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers’

Aidan Hehir

Conclusion – ‘Addressing the Lack of Justice in Kosovo’

Furtuna Sheremeti

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Dr Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. journal articles.

Furtuna Sheremeti is a doctoral researcher at the Institute of Criminology in KU Leuven, Belgium.